Nursing and Midwifery Digital Health Network
Nursing and midwifery informatics has a unique role in ensuring a digitally enabled health system delivers on the promise of better health outcomes for all Australians. Nursing is the largest single profession in the healthcare workforce and provides continuous care to patients during inpatient stays and to consumers within community and primary healthcare settings. The role of nurses and midwives in the digital environment has the potential to not only deliver improvements in efficiency and patient outcomes, but also to facilitate an improved consumer and clinician experience.
Suki Loe, WA Health
About the Nursing and Midwifery Digital Health Network
The Nursing and Midwifery Digital Health Network is the pre-eminent group of nursing and midwifery informaticians in Australia. Membership is open to all registered nurses and registered midwives.
The Network promotes nursing and midwifery informatics priorities such as appropriate language, education and ongoing research. It engenders nursing and midwifery to embrace information and communication technologies, and establishes strong foundations for taking these developments forward.
It also ensures nursing and midwifery has the data and resources to continue to provide evidence-based, quality, cost-effective and outcome-driven care for patients and clients into the future.
Learn more about the instrumental role of nurses and midwives in digitally transforming healthcare by downloading the Position Statement.
Dr Helen Almond FAIDH
Vice Chair, Tas
Lecturer in Digital Health & Informatics, Swinburne University of Technology
Alan Scanlon CHIA
Written Content Coordinator, QLD
Nurse Manager – Clinical Systems Analyst, Princess Alexandra Hospital
Committee member, NSW
Chief Nurse and Midwifery Information Officer, Northern Sydney Local Health District
Interested in a career in nursing or midwifery informatics?
Nurses and midwives wanting to increase their knowledge and/or skills in nursing, midwifery, or health informatics have several avenues.
Several universities have postgraduate coursework programs and nurses and midwives are advised to contact local universities to ascertain if they provide relevant programs or courses in both on-campus or distance education mode. The Institute provides a list of Health Informatics degree course and short course providers in Australia and New Zealand.
There are also a variety of user-pay or free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) that address specific concepts within nursing, midwifery, or health informatics. Entering nursing or midwifery informatics MOOCs into a search engine will produce a list of available courses and their commencement dates. MOOC platforms include Coursera, edX, Udacity, Open Yale, Udemy. Khan Academy, Alison, FutureLearn, and courses address Nursing Informatics, Health Informatics, Digital Health, and eHealth, and Data Analytics.
Nurses and midwives who have experience in nursing, midwifery, or health informatics and want their skills formally recognised may elect to undertake certification via the Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA) program, developed by AIDH.
Editorials & community blogs
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Before digital health, things were much simpler for both the student nurse, and midwife, in relation to learning how to document assessments, medications, observations, and care. Back in the early eighties, when I trained in both areas, we had a very...
Residential aged care organisations in Australia have been slow to not only move to digital clinical information systems but embrace the benefits of digitalisation in general. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (Royal Commission) and...
The implementation of digital records into healthcare settings has led to significant changes in the way patient information is recorded, stored and used. The result of this can have a wide variety of implications for healthcare professionals, predominantly on what...
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With the COVID-19 pandemic now in its third year, we have experienced many variants and witnessed several outbreaks occurring in high density areas. A particular population that has proved challenging during these ‘unprecedented’ times are those...
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Most nurses and midwives are familiar with health apps, but possibly not the broader scope and meaning of mobile health or mHealth. Health applications offer health- and wellness-related services for smartphones, tablets, personal computers, and other...
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Whilst it is clear that virtual models of care will be a predominant feature in future health infrastructure, there are varying interpretations of what constitutes virtual care (VC). There is no supported standard definition, and VC is often used...
News & updates
As the Institute embarks on its new strategy to shift the dial on our nation’s transition to a digital health future, we’re asking for the support and involvement of our Fellows and members.
Congratulations to the new AIDH Branch Committees Thank you to everyone who nominated in the recent Branch elections, there was a record number of nominations this year with five of the six Branches going to a member vote. It was a competitive election...
IMIA-NI is the international organisation for health and biomedical informatics. The goal of IMIA-NI is to promote collaboration among nurses and others interested in Nursing Informatics in order to advance the field. The special Interest group seeks to...
Dr Virginia Saba passed away on 20 November. Virginia was an early pioneer in the field of informatics and contributed significantly to the development of the discipline of nursing informatics. Working within the US public health service, her early work focused on...
Thank you to everyone who nominated in the AIDH community elections where branches and community of practice leaders were elected. Congratulations to the successful nominees! The following nominees were voted into branch leadership: Victoria branch:...
The Institute is calling for nominations from eligible members who would like to hold a leadership position within one of our six CoP Committees. Being part of a CoP Committee is a great way to contribute to a community focused on building the digital...
Nursing Informatics Strategic Paper
A framework for nursing informatics in Australia
International Council of Nurses
Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all and sound health policies globally.
Celebrating the Moya Conrick winners
2019 Leanna Woods Melbourne
2018 Joanne Reid Sydney
2017 Suki Loe Brisbane
2016 Naomi Dobroff Melbourne
2015 Bernice Redley Brisbane
2014 Josephine Stevens Melbourne
2013 Johanna Westbrook Adelaide
2012 Livio Ciacciarelli Sydney
2011 Susan Moller Brisbane
2010 Sharon Downman Melbourne
Nursing.Midwifery Informatics on Digital Health TV
A member-exclusive benefit featuring hundreds of videos.
Forecasting informatics competencies for nurses in the future of connected health
Nursing midwifery leadership and health informatics
Australian nurses experience with nursing informatics
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